Rare Winnie-the-Pooh drawing offered April 19th

Original drawing of Winnie the Pooh

Original drawing of Winnie the Pooh

A rare Winnie-the-Pooh drawing highlights PBA Galleries April 19th sale of Illustrated & Children’s Books, Fine Printing, Art & Photography, and Books about Books sale. Included in the sale are 350 lots of striking and uncommon illustrated books and visual material, finely printed works in limited editions, scarce children’s books, and more, much of the material from the collection of the late Fred Bennett. Included are numerous books written by, designed, or with contributions by Merle Armitage; photographically illustrated books as well as original photographs; Golden Age illustrators Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen; rare artist’s books; and many more.

The original ink and watercolor depicts a joyful Winne-the-Pooh and his friend Piglet. Beautifully drawn by E. H. Shepard, the original illustrator for A. A. Milne’s timeless series of stories of Christopher Robin and friends, it is a rare colored image of Pooh not intended for publication.  Shepard has inscribed the card to his agent, Carter Brown. The illustrator rarely drew his most famous characters outside of his work for Milne (Estimate: $40,000-$60,000).

Original watercolor by Jean Charlot

Original watercolor by Jean Charlot

One of only five sets of progressive proofs for Jean Charlot’s Picture Book of 32 original lithographs, is offered with an original watercolor by the artist. One set of lithographs were divided among the edition in copies 1-32. The other four sets were bound in four volumes for the artist, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lynton R. Kistler and Merle Armitage. This offering is the set prepared for the famed book designer, Merle Armitage and is signed by him at the front of each volume. Inserted in the front of the first volume is the original watercolor inscribed to Armitage by Charlot (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

Joel Peter Witkin’s The Maxims of Men disclose Their Hearts, one of only 40 numbered copies (total edition of 47), contains 15 original platinum prints. Housed in a tan silk covered case, the two-volume set consists of one volume of text and a photographic reproduction of a Witkin journal and a second larger volume with the prints, each signed by the photographer (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). Another highlighted photographic work, Edward Weston: Nudes, by Charis Wilson, is accompanied with an original platinum photograph “Nude, 1920.” The photograph taken by Weston and printed by his son Cole, is included, as issued, in this limited-edition collection of Edward Weston’s sensuous nudes with excerpts from “The Daybooks and Letters” (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

From the Fine Press section of the sale are two featured lots. Taos Quartet by Merle Armitage, is his account of D.H. Lawrence’s sojourn in Taos, New Mexico, as a guest of Mabel Dodge Luhan. This is one of only 16 copies, of a book designed to be bound into the February 1951 issue of FLAIR and is inscribed by the author (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500). Robinson Jeffers’ Poems, is one of 310 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press, with an original signed photograph by Ansel Adams as the frontispiece, signed by Jeffers on the limitation page, and additionally inscribed by Jeffers to legendary Los Angeles bookseller Jake Zeitlin. The beautiful production includes initials printed in orange-red which were designed by Valenti Angelo (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Andy Warhol's Children's Book

Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book

A rare signed first edition of Andy Warhol’s Children’s Book, is inscribed to John Fisher-Dann. Illustrated with classic Warhol outlines in bright hot colors, the book is also inscribed to Ernie, Fisher-Dann’s parrot, and is signed by Warhol on two other illustrations (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Also, for children is the Arthur Rackham illustrated Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Bound in the original full vellum, it contains 12 color plates and is one of 525 copies signed by Rackham (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 16th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17th and 18th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, April 19th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected].

1st Complete Edition of the Federalist Papers in Book Form On May 31st

293557Title: The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787
Author: [Hamilton, Alexander; John Jay; & James Madison]
Place: New-York
Publisher: Printed and Sold by J. and A. M’Lean
Date: 1788
Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000

2 volumes. vi, 227; vi, 384 pp. (a1-3, A-T6; a1-3, A-2I6. (12mo) 16.5×9.4 cm (6½x3¾”), period tree calf (or sheep?), spines ruled & numbered in gilt, morocco lettering pieces. First complete edition in book form.

293557_1Rare “thick paper” copy of the first edition of the seminal work on American political theory and a cornerstone of American constitutional governance, called by Wright Howes “the most famous and influential American political work.” Only 500 copies of the first edition were printed, and the present copy is one of the exceptionally rare examples printed on thick superfine royal writing paper. These copies were advertised by the publisher M’Lean in contemporary periodicals as the more deluxe version of this seminal document: “A few Copies will be printed on superfine royal writing paper, price ten shillings.” The importance of the Federalist to the early development of the great political experiment that was the United States cannot be overstated. The work comprised 85 political essays, all but the last 8 of which were first published in newspapers in New York, in an effort to convince New York to approve the Federalist Constitution. Alexander Hamilton wrote 51 of the essays, James Madison 14, and John Jay 5; the authorship of 15 of the essays is in dispute between Hamilton and Madison. They were all published under the pseudonym “Publius.” The first thirty-six numbers of The Federalist were here published in book form in March 1788, with the remaining forty-nine, together with the text of the Constitution, in May of that year. Upon its publication George Washington noted to Alexander Hamilton that the work “will merit the Notice of Posterity; because in it are candidly and ably discussed the principles of freedom and the topics of government, which will always be interesting to mankind” (George Washington, letter to Hamilton, Aug. 28, 1788). The present copy has an early and bold ink ownership signature at the top of p.[1] of each volume, “Lawr. Stuart” or possibly “James Stuart”; the very top of each of the signatures was slightly shaved when the volumes were bound, likely prior to 1820 or so. Church 1230; Evans 21127; Grolier, 100 American, 19; Howes H114; Printing and the Mind of Man 234; Sabin 23979; Streeter 1049. Provenance: Helen A. [Doolittle] and George R. Sanders.

Some rubbing to covers and spines, corners a bit worn, joints scuffed and tender; only a few instances of minor foxing within, overall very clean and fine internally, the stitching quite tight.





Ron Muszalski – Golf Collector

Picture1Ron Muszalski was long known to collectors as an expert in collection and restoration. He devoted 25 years, the last third of his life, to amassing his personal collection of golf books and ephemera (and playing golf, which he did near daily). The exceptional breadth of the collection reflects Ron’s genuine passion for golf and golf history. His restorations are painstaking and precise—a labor of love that will long outlive him. His son, Aaron, is pleased to give collectors this opportunity to appreciate and further his father’s work.

Picture2Ron learned to love golf as a teenager in Chicago, caddying at Medinah Country Club. He moved to San Francisco in the 1960s, where he worked at City Lights books, married and started a family. He moved to the Monterey Peninsula in the 1990s, becoming the manager of Cambridge Golf Antiquities in Pebble Beach, CA. It was during these years that he built his collection and honed his skill in book restoration and hand-crafted leather bindings.

Ron passed peacefully at age 81 on March 20, 2017, in Monterey, CA.


Swinging into the Spring PBA Golf Auction

1933 Medal Awarded to Bobby Jones

1933 Medal Awarded to Bobby Jones

On Thursday April 12th, PBA Galleries will host their spring Rare Golf Books & Memorabilia sale. On offer will be over 400 lots of golfing history including further selections from the library of Ron Muszalski and a selection of rare Bobby Jones memorabilia from the collection of John Burns, along with a variety of material from other collections.

A highlight of the sale is a prize medal once belonging to golfing legend, Bobby Jones. Awarded for his participation on the winning Warner Brothers Team in the 1933 Motion Picture Tournament. It was the first tournament Jones played since giving up his amateur status and after completing the Grand Slam in 1930. The majority of Jones’ medals reside in the USGA museum, making this a rare opportunity to add one to a private collection (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000).

Other featured lots with connections to Bobby Jones include: a photograph taken by George S. Pietzcker of Jones and Gene Sarazen on the green at Fresh Meadows Country Club in 1932 the day after Sarazen won the US Open with a letter of provenance from the Gene and Mary Sarazen Foundation (Estimate: $8,000-$12,000); one of only 300 signed limited first edition copies of Jones’ Down the Fairway, a cornerstone work and considered one of the most sought after golf books of the 20th century (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000); and the Bobby Jones Sports King Gum trading card, one of the rarest of golf sports trading cards and seldom seen at auction (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Original Snoopy Cartoon

Original Snoopy Cartoon

An original cartoon drawing by Charles Schulz has Snoopy asking Woodstock to “Go ask Nathaniel if we’re playing Mulligans.” It is one of a series of four single panel cartoons printed in the program for the 38th Big Crosby Pro-Am tournament at Pebble Beach in 1978. The strip first appeared in 1958 and again in 1965 before its use in the Pro-Am program. A copy of the complete program is included and is framed with the drawing (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000).

Also up for sale is possibly the only known copy of what appears to be the earliest American golf guide, Wright & Ditson’s Guide to American Golf for 1895. It is believed to be one of the first four American golf books overall. The contents include the USGA Constitution and By-Laws, instructions for laying out a course, a list of clubs, hints on play and detailed results for the competitions of 1894. Editions from 1897, 1899, & 1900 have been located but only this copy from 1895; the USGA Library possesses a 1900 edition (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

1895 Guide to American Golf

1895 Guide to American Golf

Other highlighted lots in the sale include: an inscribed and signed in the year of publication, first edition of Walter Camp’s Drives and Puts in the very rare original dust jacket designed by Amy Sacker (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); the profusely illustrated first “Subscribers’ Edition” of The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf by Harold H. Hilton and Garden G. Smith published in 1912, and recognized as one of the most magnificent books in the library of golf (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and Hayden Carruth’s humorous A Hand-book of Golf for Bears in which each letter of the alphabet plays a part in describing golf and is illustrated with a charming drawing of bears playing the game (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 9th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10th and 11th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, April 12th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A Literature and Fine Books Sale Decree

Coleridge's Christabel, Kubla Khan and The Pains of Slep

Coleridge’s Christabel, Kubla Khan and The Pains of Slep

On Thursday, April 5th, PBA Galleries will kick off their spring auction season with a sale of Fine Literature & Fine Books. Included in the sale are over 450 lots of fine, rare, and uncommon books, including early literature, poetry, philosophical works, science and medicine, history, religion, and much more.

Highlighting the sale is the first appearance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Christabel; Kubla Khan, A Vision; and The Pains of Sleep. Published in 1816 these are three of the most highly acclaimed poems of the Romantic period. The result of an opioid induced dream, Kubla Khan is a fragment of what Coleridge was intending to write. He was interrupted as he was poetically describing the images from his dream and he was unable to finish it after the distraction. However, it is one of the most frequently quoted poems and immediately transports the reader/listener to the exotic and interesting place of Xanadu (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000).

Lagrange's Mchanique Analitique

Lagrange’s Mchanique Analitique

Méchanique Analitique by Joseph Louis Lagrange, is his foundation work on analytical mechanics, extending and developing the work of Isaac Newton. This first edition, published in Paris in 1788, transformed theoretical mechanics into a system from which fundamental equations describing the motions of any systems of bodies could be derived, by combining the principle of virtual velocities with d’Alembert’s principle. In the preface, Lagrange notes the absence of diagrams in the book, which he believed the lucidity of his own presentation had rendered unnecessary (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

One of the earliest works in the sale is the first Aldine edition of the Opera of Cornelius Tacitus, from 1534. The press, known for its editions of Greek and Latin classics, was under the stewardship of Aldus’ son, Paulus Manutius when this edition was published. Tacitus is considered one of the greatest Roman historians living during the Silver Age of Latin literature (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Emblemata by Johan de Brune

Emblemata by Johan de Brune

The captivating Emblemata by Johan de Brune, contains a full page pictorial title page and 51 half page copper-engraved illustrations of 17th century Dutch life. The 1624 Amsterdam publication shows such depictions as a doctor bleeding a woman with leeches; serenading with interesting musical instruments; playing the parlor game “drop the handkerchief”; rolling a huge snowball; tapping a keg of beer; playing cards; and many others (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

A collection of three influential imaginary voyages and works of utopian fiction is also featured: Mundus Alter et Idem by Joseph Hall (in its third edition – first published in 1605); Civitas Solis, Ida Republic Philosophic by Thomas Campanella (in its second edition – first published in 1623); and Nova Atlantis by Francis Bacon (in its second edition – first published in 1638. Hall’s work is the earliest utopia set in Australia, and Campanella’s City of the Sun and Bacon’s New Atlantis were two of the most reprinted (often together with More’s Utopia and Harrington’s Oceana) of all the 17th century works on the ideal republic. This 1643 publication contains an engraved title page and five folding maps (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 2nd, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3rd and 4th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, April 5th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Joseph Smith and MLK Rarities in March 22nd Sale

Joseph Smith's The Voice of Truth

Joseph Smith’s The Voice of Truth

PBA Galleries will offer The Voice of Truth by Mormon founder Joseph Smith and two early letters written by civil rights leader Martin Luther King on Thursday, March 22nd. In addition, the Americana, Travel & Exploration, World History and Cartography sale will include over 400 lots of rare and collectible material, with printed books, original letters, diaries and other manuscript items, photographs, ephemera, maps, views and more. There will be key pieces on the history of the United States and the Americas, revealing the political, economic, social and cultural evolution of the New World. Travels to the far reaches of the world are also present; from the frozen lands of Antarctica to the torrid deserts and jungles of Africa. And the accumulation of geographic and cartographic knowledge over the centuries is demonstrated by a selection of maps from the 16th through 20th centuries.


The exceedingly rare The Voice of Truth contains correspondence between Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and General James Arlington Bennett, John C. Calhoun, and Henry Clay as well as an appeal to the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont. In these letters, Smith seeks retribution for the 1838 Missouri Mormon War to no avail. This first edition, printed by John Taylor in Nauvoo, Illinois, also contains Smith’s final sermon, the King Follett discourse from April 7, 1844, less than three months before his death. The discourse is notable in its controversial suggestion that God was once a mortal and that mortals can become gods (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000).


Early Letters by Martin Luther King Jr

Early Letters by Martin Luther King Jr

The two early letters from Martin Luther King date from his time at Boston University where he studied in the University’s School of Theology. The first letter, typewritten in Atlanta, asks Dean Charles Alter for his assistance in locating living accommodations near campus. The second letter is a handwritten petition on a Boston University form and requests additional class hours towards his graduate degree which he received in 1955. These are rare and unique glimpses into the education of the great Civil Rights leader (Estimate: $20,00-$30,00).


Engravings of Italy

Engravings of Italy

Highlights from the travel section of the sale include Pen Sketches of Los Angeles, 1896, with sketches and photographs of the growing metropolis, a superb historical record of the economic and industrial history of Los Angeles (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a bound volume of 18th & 19th century engravings of Italy, including the rare “Téâtro prospetico fabriche più considerabili della città di Padova” which features topography, public buildings, streets, squares and other areas of interest of Padua, and, of which, only two copies are recorded (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); and a superb album of albumen photographs of Egypt, with Cairo street scenes, pyramids, temples & the sphinx, Aswan & the Nile, plus some of Greek ruins many of which are captioned by hand (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).


Ortelius' World Map

Ortelius’ World Map

The world map, Typus Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius, was the first world map included in his famed atlas, beginning in 1570 and continuing through sixteen editions. It a simplified one-sheet reduction of the large world map by Gerard Mercator which appeared the year before (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000). Also featured in the sale is Sebastien Münster’s influential woodcut map of the Americas, 1545, which was crucial in establishing the name “America” to the newly discovered continents (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000) and the rare two-volume Philadelphia edition of Alexander Mackenzie’s Voyages from Montreal… to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans, with three important maps (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).
The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, March 19th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20th and 21st, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, March 22nd, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Steinbeck, Whitman and Warhol Highlight March 8th Sale

Whitman's Leaves of Grass

Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

On Thursday, March 8, PBA Galleries will present a sale of Fine Literature and Fine Books with over 350 lots of classic fiction, popular literature, poetry, fantasy mysteries, and more. In addition, there will be offerings of fine bindings, early printed books, fine printings and assorted rarities.

A rare signed limited edition of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle dates from 1936. One of only 99 copies published by Covici Friede, the volume is signed by Steinbeck in the colophon and is housed in a replica of the original slipcase (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000). Also featured in the sale is the 1882 Author’s Edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Signed by Whitman on the title page, as are all copies of this edition. Less common than the 1876 “Author’s Edition”, it is believed that there were not more than 100 copies of this issue, all signed. The sheets for this issue were salvaged by Whitman from an edition which was banned in Boston. A new title page was added in Camden and copies were distributed to friends (Estimate: $2,500 -$3,500).

Vanishing Animals

Vanishing Animals

Vanishing Animals with text by Kurt Benirschke contains 16 color plates from silkscreens over collage by Andy Warhol and other illustrations from photographs. Included is a full-page felt pen sketch of a butterfly by Warhol signed by the artist. Warhol also signed the book on the half-title page and on three of the color plates for a total of five signatures in this moving examination of the ongoing and ever-accelerating extinction of members of the animal kingdom.

Inspired by the supposed real life experiences of convict Ed Morrell, The Star Rover is Jack London’s novel of time travel and the out-of-body adventures of a prisoner in solitary confinement in San Quentin prison. This First American Edition is offered in the scarce pictorial dust jacket that duplicates the colorful frontispiece by Jay Hambridge (Estimate: $1,500- $2,500). Another highlight in its original dust jacket is an unusually nice first edition of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic is Steinbeck’s greatest novel, an epic story of migratory workers during the Great Depression of the 1930s and is perhaps the most influential and best remembered book of its era (Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000).

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

Other featured lots in the sale include: the first French edition of Swiss Family Robinson in 4 volumes from 1814 attractively bound in period mottled calf (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); an inscribed first printing of Tim O’Brien’s first book, If I Die in a Combat Zone Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, which is based on his experiences as a foot soldier in Vietnam (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500); Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, finely bound in full polished orange calf stamped in gilt, by Riviere & Son (Estimate: $800-$1,200); and an advance reading copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the American edition of the first book in J. K. Rowling’s wildly popular series (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, March 5th, 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6th and 7th, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, March 8th, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Science & Medicine Meet Rock Posters in Feb 22 Sale

Carpue Anatomy

Carpue Anatomy

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, PBA Galleries will host a sale of Fine Books – Science & Medicine, Art, Illustration & Children’s Literature with nearly 500 lots of rare, interesting, unusual, and captivating material, ranging from charming illustrated children’s books to groundbreaking works on plastic surgery, with art, science, fine printing, occult, finely bound books, early religious tracts, medicine, astronomy, natural philosophy, history, and much more, including classic rock & roll posters from San Francisco in the 1960’s.

Featured in the Science and Medicine section of the auction is the first English edition of Johann Dieffenbach’s Surgical Observations on the Restoration of the Nose, from 1833. Illustrated with 26 plates, it is one of the rarest works in the English language on the subject. Diffenbach was a pioneer in rhinoplasty and plastic surgery (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). Another medical text, the rare first work by the noted English surgeon, Joseph Constantine Carpue, A Description of the Muscles of the Human Body will be offered. The present work apparently prepared for use by his pupils and has seven engraved plates, four with hand coloring.  Carpue began his surgical studies at St. George’s Hospital in London in 1796 after being educated in France and traveling widely in Europe, Scotland, and Wales. He was appointed to the surgical staff of the Duke of York’s Hospital in Chelsea in 1799 and a year later began teaching anatomy (Estimate: $7,000-$10,000).

Astrology Posters

Astrology Posters

A complete set of 12 Zodiac Astrology Star Sign Posters from San Francisco’s Funky Features from 1967 highlights the art and illustration section of the sale. Funky Features was originally a home recording studio in an Edwardian house that quickly became a popular recording location for Big Brother and the Holding Company, Cold Blood, Steve Miller, and others. Each poster is by a different artist, uniquely capturing the heyday of San Francisco’s counterculture. Artists include Dick Moore, Tommy Dixon, Lee and Shirley Goddard, Robert McClay, Fred Adams, Primo Angel, and Jim Blashfield. Complete sets of all 12 posters are extremely rare, especially in comparable condition (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

Jefferson Airplane 1966 Poster

Jefferson Airplane 1966 Poster

Also from the art and illustration section is a 1966 poster advertising the performance of Jefferson Airplane and Great Society at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. This very rare first printing A is printed in silver ink rather than gold on vellum paper with the iconic “Snake Lady” images from Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley (Estimate: $1,500 – $2000). A complete set of Sorlier & Mourlot’s important catalogue raisonné of The Lithographs of Chagall, 6 volumes, 1960-1986 will be on the block. Profusely illustrated throughout with 24 original lithographs, the work was a monumental feat of publishing taking more than two decades to complete (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).  From Cheloniidae Press, Trout: Brook, Brown & Rainbow, is a bound portfolio of twelve etchings with hand water-coloring added and two wood engravings by Alan James Robinson.  There is an additional suite of unbound plates contained in a cloth portfolio included (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The Ship that Sailed to Mars

The Ship that Sailed to Mars

William Timlin’s marvelous, elaborately produced fantasy, The Ship that Sailed to Mars, will be offered in the rare original dust jacket.  The book is illustrated with 48 mounted color plates with an additional 48 text plates printed in colors. Timlin was an architect in South Africa who wrote stories, composed music, illustrated periodicals, produced watercolor fantasies, painted in oil and produced etchings (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Tuesday and Wednesday, February 20th and 21st, 9am-5pm and on Thursday, February 22nd, 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Archive from President John Tyler’s Family

289201_3PBA Galleries is pleased to offer the Tyler-Goodwyn Family Archive, an archive of President John Tyler descendants containing approximately 265 letters, documents, writings, and other items, including manuscripts, typed material, partially printed forms, and more, plus silver cups and spoons, an engraved gold watch, and other family memorabilia c.1832-1980. The archive will be offered on Sunday, February 11th in an early morning sale in Pasadena, California to coincide with the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair.

An important archive of papers and other items passed down by the descendants of President John Tyler through his eldest son Robert Tyler, who married Priscilla Cooper, and whose daughter Priscilla C. Tyler married Albert T. Goodwyn. The Tylers and the Goodwyns were old Southern families, from South Carolina, Virginia, and Alabama, long involved in the political, economic and social life of the South, and were owners of slaves and plantations. One of the earliest letters is from John Tyler in 1834, to his then 18-year old son Robert, when the elder Tyler was a senator from Virginia, discussing primarily matters of politics and state. The archive includes letters, deeds, wills, bills of sale, and other records detailing numerous transactions in slaves, and in large holdings of land. These latter include the sell-off of land after the Civil War, and re-acquiring assets in the succeeding decades. There are also three letters written by Albert T. Goodwyn while he was a prisoner of the Union forces during the Civil War, held on Johnson’s Island, in Lake Erie off the north shore of Ohio. Following the Civil War, business practices of necessity changed, but large land-owners and slave-holders such as the Goodwyns were able to adapt, and the documents reveal the share-cropping practices that kept the freed slaves in virtual if not actual bondage. There are also a number of papers relating to the curious ownership of a bridge by the Goodwyn family, acquired in the early 20th century. During this period members of the Goodwyn family became more involved in politics, and various papers and speeches reveal the efforts of the Democratic Party in the south to keep power firmly in the hands of white men. Some of the family were of a literary bent, though more whimsical than serious in nature, and there are several stories and essays by Robert Tyler Goodwyn, some treating in “humorous” fashion the relationships between the white patricians of the south and African Americans. There are, finally, artifacts of the family, including a gold pocket watch from the American Waltham Watch Company, with initials and dates of three family members, beginning in 1852. Provenance: Descended in the family.

289201The papers are housed in plastic sleeve in six binders, arranged chronologically in fourteen different subject categories, or sections. You can view the full catalogue entry here with further details

Section One – Photographs

Ten photographic images, some from paintings, portraits of family members,

Section Two - John Tyler

Letter to son Robert Tyler regarding negotiations with France and their promised payment of $5,000,000 to the U.S. government for violations of trade agreements.

Section Three -Slavery

Twelve manuscript letters, documents, bills of sale, etc., relating to slavery. 1838-c.1850.

Section Four – Civil War

Five items relating to the American Civil War, including three letters from Albert T. Goodwyn to family members when he was a prisoner-of-war at Johnson’s Island, Ohio, in 1864

Section Five – CSA Veterans

Fourteen items relating to Confederate veterans and veteran organizations. 1903-1935.

Section Six – Land

Forty-three documents, deeds, quit claims, and other items relating to land and land transactions. 1832-1939.

289201_4Section Seven – Business and Finance

Forty-five document, letters, insurance forms, contracts and other items relating to finance and business, including some involving sharecropping. 1867-1966

Section Eight – Bridge

Twenty-five letters and documents relating to the Montgomery Toll Bridge Company. 1915-1934.

Section Nine – Politics

Sixteen documents, speeches, and other items relating to politics, including voter suppression in the 1930’s and 1940’s. 1892-1942.

Section Ten – Literary and Education

Thirty essays, stories, school tests, diplomas, and other fictional and factual writings, a number of them relating to race relations. 1867-1942.

Section Eleven – Family Letters

Twenty letters between members of the Tyler-Goodwyn extended family. 1834-1928.

Section Twelve – Genealogy and Family History

Thirty items relating to the genealogy of the Tyler-Goodwyn extended family, including family trees, memoirs, obituaries, newspaper articles, etc. 1884-1988.

Section Thirteen – Wills

Thirteen wills and related testaments of members of the Tyler-Goodwyn extended family. 1900-1951.

Section Fourteen – Miscellaneous

Thirteen items of miscellaneous nature, including several relating to the 1918 military service of Robert Tyler Goodwyn, Jr. 1891-1962.


Overall the archive is in very good condition, with normal wear associated with age, use, and storage, some of the earlier papers with neat archival tape repairs.

The archived is estimated at $20,000-30,000.

PBA Galleries holds sales of fine, rare and collectible books every two weeks.  For more information regarding upcoming sales, consignments, or auction results, please contact PBA Galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

Special Sunday Morning Auction at the California Antiquarian Book Fair

The Crowning of Nature

The Crowning of Nature

On Sunday, February 11th, PBA Galleries will host a special Sunday morning sale during the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena, California. An early start, the sale will be begin at 8:00am in the Cypress room of the Pasadena Sheraton (303 East Cordova Street) just steps away from the Pasadena Convention Center and the book fair. One hundred and thirteen select lots of rare and valuable books, manuscripts and photographs, plus one hundred and nine interesting and collectible books donated by members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America to be sold for the benefit of the Antiquarian Booksellers Benevolent Fund. The offerings range from a magnificent 17th century illustrated alchemy manuscript to important high spots of literature, landmarks of science and medicine, stunning color plate books, historical archives, rare early printings, illustrated books, and much more.

The highlight of the sale, a spectacular 17th century manuscript on alchemy, The Crowning of Nature, contains 67 striking full-page color drawings emblematically depicting the chemical process which creates the Philosopher’s Stone. This is the largest suite of connected imagery in all alchemical literature, illustrating all the stages of the process from “Chaos” to “Perfection.” Created by the English school of Alchemy, The Crowning of Nature was conceived as an intuitively evident statement which did not require additional textual commentary. The images are logically sequenced and each illustration is a symbolic representation of the chemical operation occurring at the given stage of the alchemical process (Estimate: $100,000-$150,000).

Gulliver's Travels 1726

Gulliver’s Travels 1726

A related book, also from the 17th century is a rare manuscript of horoscopes with over 200 astrological charts. It includes a horoscope for Galileo, plus charts and biographical details of major European royalty, nobles, and other esteemed persons (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000).

Also, featured in the sale is a copy of the true first edition of Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels, two volumes, 1726, Teerink’s issue A. This finely bound by Riviere monument of English literature contains the engraved frontispiece of Gulliver and two engraved maps (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000). Another lot dealing with travels is William Daniell’s  A Voyage Round Great Britain, in 8 volumes, 1814, with 308 superb hand-colored aquatint plates. A stunning collection of views, it is also bound by Riviere in full gilt-tooled morocco (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

An important and fascinating archive of letters, documents, and other items from and relating to the descendants of President John Tyler will be offered.  The extensive archive has been passed down from President Tyler through his eldest son Robert Tyler and granddaughter Priscilla Tyler Goodwyn and includes a letter from Tyler to his son (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Other notable lots include a pen & ink portrait of Albert Einstein. The unique and expressive portrait sketch is by Einstein’s friend and fellow-refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Josef Scharl and is signed by both Scharl and Einstein (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000). The first modern work on rhinoplasty from 1816 by Joseph Constantine Carpue, Account of… Operations for Restoring a Lost Nose…, has four stipple-engraved plates, three in color, and a woodcut illustration (Estimate: $10,000-$15,000). A very rare vellum leaf is from the 1462 Mainz Bible printed by Fust & Schoeffer, the earliest Bible with a printed date. Finally, a French edition of Arthur Rackham’s Peter Pan Portfolio, 1911, limited to 100 copies and with 12 large tipped-in color plates, preceded the English and American issues (Estimate: $7,0000$10,000).

The public may preview the auction in San Francisco at PBA Galleries on Monday and Tuesday, February 5th and 6th from 9am-5pm, Previews will also be held in Pasadena at the Sheraton Hotel (303 East Cordova Street) in the Cypress Room on Friday, February 9th from noon-5pm and Saturday, February 10th from 9am-5pm.  For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]

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